Not Just Any Night Adventure! Ice Fishing With Lights

Not Just Any Night Adventure!  Ice Fishing With Lights
Not Just Any Night Adventure! Ice Fishing With Lights
A few weeks ago my friend and I started wondering what would happen if we took a few flashlights out to light up the ice underneath us.  What started with a few flashlights ended up with 100 pounds of gear, two mile hike and 1000 feet of elevation gain.  This is how it went.Before I actually did any planning I called our local game warden.  When you are messing with lights or anything out of the norm, this is always a good idea.I started with getting some funding.  Who wants to spend 200 dollars on flashlights?  So, I went to a few local hardware stores that did not exactly have what I needed.  Lowes has a sponsorship program, but it was a little last minute to apply for it.  Finally, during a conversation I was having with a long time fishing partner the subject was brought up; not the funding, but the idea of lighting up a lake.  The donor, who wishes to remain unnamed, chuckled a little bit, thought it would be such a sight to see and without asking for the money, offered his help.After shopping around a little bit I decided my goal would be 12 million candle lights of power and 50 chemical activated lights.  Seemed like a nice round number.  I found one million candle portable spot lights on sale and proceeded to buy all of them, 14 in all.  Then finding that I had a little bit left over decided to buy 15 conventional flashlights on the cheap.  After scouring my house and finding my neighbor had a spot light I ended up with a lot more than I thought I would.The hardest part came when I realized my target lake was hard enough to hike to with a backpack, let alone with all my newly acquired gear.  So, I headed to Xstream, our local tackle store in Colorado Springs and bought the perfect ice sled.With the moral support of a friend by my side we started up the mountain path.  It took us about double the normal hike time.  This came as no surprise to us.  Or lungs, legs and feet were screaming at us.We arrived, dropped our gear and started digging out our spot.  After the snow was cleared from the ice we started shaved down a window to fish from.  To be clear, we did not just drill a giant hole, which is illegal.  We shaved off the top layer of hard slush, then drilled two holes in our fashioned window that you could stand on top of.As the sun fell we set up for fishing.  We started the lights, shot a few photographs and started jigging our waxworms.  Action was not what we expected, but we could for a short time see everything underneath us.  Then it all fell apart.  The portable spot lights that were recommended to me and on sale decided that they needed an early retirement after 10 minutes of work.  One by one they all shut off.  I ran around the hole starting the lights back up again.  As I got to the starting hole they turned off again.  Huge disappointment.We did manage to evade a skunk.  We did catch one brook trout.  That proves one thing, all the noise and light did not scare the fish to the other side of the lake.  Success!We packed up all our gear, filled our shaved down window with snow and ice and went on our way.  Knowing we could not have any regret for trying out or hair-brained idea.Want to watch the video of lighting up a small portion of a lake.  Click the Youtube link below!//

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